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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 12, 2007 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: IN THE END THERE's JUST A SONG....

the lyrics contain the right arrangement of vowels and consonants, the right pace and they leave the right spaces, most importantly.... enough so that jerry has lots of leeway with STELLA.... sometimes stella rushes forward, sometimes she repeats herself, sometimes there is a pause, the chord is held just one more moment, maybe 2 bars, maybe four..... it is ARRANGEMENT on the spot

my ears have been picking up quite a bit of on-the=spot arranging recently. usually on JER tunes, especially on the ballads, where the flow of the rhythm and the lyrics determine the DURARTION OF ONE MOMENT AND THEN THE NEXT....

AMAZING to have the ability to make time stop..... and with PLAYING SLOW like JER was so surely fond of (read: JGB)...playing SLOW.... the most common tempo in music is around 120 - 125 Beats Per Minute, very close to the rate of the AT REST, 50% strain capacity, AVERAGE HEARTBEAT....

this is the natural tempo as it were...going faster requires effort, but going SLOWER, requires incredible DEADICATION, effort and concentration...this is what makes Stella Blue, sometimes Morning Dew, Comes a Time, World to Give, To Lay Me Down, Black Peter....you know the ones.....this is what is so special...and more so.....THIS IS A SONG THAT DEMANDS YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION....and that is not what we usually want...we like instant gratification, like in playin in the band or shakedown....but wharf rat, china doll, stella....the reward is in the JOURNEY....

WITH STELLA BLUE the dead take SLOW to a new level..... so slow JERRY seems to arrange from note to note... THIS IS NOT the song you play the casual listener and certainly not the best tune to start with but, personally, after almost 20 years of listening to the dead off and on i am starting to get it, THE SLOW that is....and feel it, like i've known Eyes of the World, Dark Star, Playin' in the Band, Terrapin, Dancin' in the Streets, for so long....

Oh hello Stella Blue, nice to meet you:

[...]sweet first setter, 8/21/72, Berkeley Community Theatre

[...]here i go again with the FROM EGYPT Winterland run, but.....what a version, 10-21-1978

[...]red rocks 82

check the 11/19/72 stella too...


This post was modified by He Live's on 2007-12-12 07:19:35

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-12-12 21:51:20

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Dec 12, 2007 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IN THE END THERE's JUST A SONG....

Wonderful post. This, along with Wharf Rat always seemed like Jerry's special moment. My favorite for now would have to be 11/17/73.

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Poster: ERBIE Date: Dec 12, 2007 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IN THE END THERE's JUST A SONG....


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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 12, 2007 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IN THE END THERE's JUST A SONG....

Dead on regarding both the pace and Jerry's ability to emote through his guitar playing during slow tunes. According to everything I've ever read on Stella Blue, this was Jerry's song and his moment to shine during the show. Contrary to some misplaced opinions, Garcia and Hunter were collaborative during the writing of these songs, both lyrically and musically. Weir suggested during a "Guitar Player" interview that Stella was very personal to Jerry...he owned it and as such (nearly) always played it with great emotion.

I'm totally in agreement that Garcia really peaks with slow tunes. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Positively 4th Street and I Shall Be Released come to mind immediately. In fact, I think there are better examples in JGB catalog than with the Dead.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 12, 2007 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IN THE END THERE's JUST A SONG....

truly. JGB sort of spells it all out for you...seeing as it was Jerry's band we know this is what was close to his heart: the slow tempos during which he could really put a lot of attention to every note choice and entrance....

still though, the JGB is a little too slow for me....love those Band tunes though....now boy oh boy, did danko ever perform with jerry? their voices may be too similar but they really seem to share a similar approach.

They say everything can be replaced
They say every distance is not near
So I remember every face
Of every man who put me here.......

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 12, 2007 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IN THE END THERE's JUST A SONG....

Try this

it's sweet and there are great contributions from the rest of the band.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 12, 2007 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Perfection in tone production...

Earl--this was always a huge attraction for me as well; the way Jerry could express himself in the interlude/jam of certain songs. Two that always stood out for me were M&BMg (eg, on Skull/roses) and Loser, from 7-2-71, the show we were all talking about the other day. The tone during those two, and many others, is just something that I rarely heard others achieve. Even Jimi, though clearly an amazing talent, didn't necessarily achieve the perfect match that Jerry could at particular points in particular songs.

That, really, is what I think is the essence of Jerry's greatness.

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